News, Events and GHP

Global Health Perspectives LogoGlobal Health Perspective (GHP) is a cross-cultural, inclusive outreach program for undergraduate students that is focused on student development in global health settings in Denver and around the world.

GHP combines classroom training with in-field service-learning internships and is integrated throughout the Denver School of Nursing curriculum path. Students are invited to participate in GHP from their first quarter of enrollment, through their coursework and even as DSN alumni.

Student membership in GHP requires attendance at global development symposiums on and off campus and service learning volunteer hours each quarter at many nonprofit organizations in the Denver metro area. After successful completion of GHP membership for a minimum of two quarters and completion of Advanced Medical/Surgical nursing courses, students are eligible to apply for a GHP Service Learning Internship.

DSN faculty members mentor and precept GHP students in both domestic and international internship locations. Upon successful completion of GHP internships students earn clinical credit for their work and, most importantly, gain the tools and experiences to broaden their perspectives in global health care.

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Students Buy Groceries, Prepare Food, and Serve Dinner to Families at the Ronald McDonald House

Denver School of Nursing (DSN) students partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities to serve dinner to families staying at the Denver Ronald McDonald House (http://ronaldhouse.org/). The 20 students brought eggs, sausage, fruit, juice, and ingredients to make french toast bake. The students met at the Ronald McDonald House in the early evening and used the facility’s kitchen to prepare the meal together. Students served breakfast for dinner and engaged in conversation with the families.

Ronald McDonald House Charities began when Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill and his wife endured the complications of having a daughter with Leukemia in the hospital. Ultimately, the Philadelphia Eagles, local McDonald’s owners, and a pediatric oncologist came together to pursue a dream to provide housing and meals to enable families to remain by their hospitalized child’s side. The first McDonald House opened October 15, 1974. Today, more than ten million families have stayed at over 250 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide.

Ronald McDonald Houses focus on providing low-cost housing to out-of-town mothers and fathers needing to be near their hospitalized children. Denver School of Nursing students align themselves in support of the Ronald McDonald mission to create a world where children have access to quality health care and their families are able to better comfort and support them while actively participating in their care.

Students were delighted to make the dinner a joyful and fun evening for families facing medical struggles and heartbreak. The meal serves up to 70 people in a community area of the Ronald McDonald dining room. Many students attend many Ronald McDonald dinner events throughout being in nursing school. DSN student, Priscilla Mckay, says “We see many of the same patients and families over and over again. I enjoy connecting with them every few weeks to months.” Another student, Sarah Burton, adds that she believes it is important for the community to see nursing students devoting their time to charities and caring for patients outside of the hospital.

Denver School of Nursing student, Maggie O’Keefe, organizes and leads fellow students in approximately one Ronald McDonald volunteer event per month. Of the families she meets, O’Keefe says, “They spend their days talking to doctors, at their child's bedside, and hoping for miracles. If I can help make their lives a little better by feeding them a good meal and providing conversation that doesn't involve diagnoses, medications, and charts, then I feel I've done my part.”

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